Tilda Swinton leads a dance-along to Barry White in honor of Roger Ebert

I don’t have much to say here other than I love the fierce, magnificent alien bitch known as Tilda Swinton. Tilda made an appearance earlier this week at the annual Ebertfest Film Festival. Roger Ebert’s widow introduced her to an audience of 1,500 in the Virginia Theater (in Chicago) and they announced that Tilda was going to lead the group in a dance-along, presumably in remembrance of Roger Ebert. Here is the video:

Ebertfest 2013 Dance Along from Ebertfest on Vimeo.

What do I love? Everything. I love how she’s pulling off her Marine Haircut. I love how fearless she is about her dance moves. I love how genuinely excited she is. I love how very few celebrities would ever be caught doing anything like this, and Tilda is not only game, she does it with no affectation or pretense. The song is Barry White’s “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything”. It’s just… beautiful and silly and weird and delightful. I love it. Also: I’m pretty sure the camera pans to Tilda’s lover Sandro Kopp at several points. He’s beaming! He’s super-proud of her.

PS… This is how she will lead us all to her home planet. She will host a dance-along and we will conga to Tildatoid Zonk 12.

Photos courtesy of W Magazine and Fame/Flynet.

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  1. insomniac says:

    That’s awesome. Man, how much would Roger Ebert have loved that?

  2. marie says:

    ha, awesome. she is absolutely fantastic.

  3. Nessa says:

    Thank you for that! That just made my day.

  4. EscapedConvent says:

    Well. ~sniffle~ I’m laughing & crying at once. How wonderfully joyous of Tilda & Chaz! They swept people up in the spirit of the thing. It’s fabulous that Tilda’s boyfriend is so happy about it! And look at Chaz—how cool is she?!

    No wonder Roger was wild about Chaz! I have fallen in love with her too. A lovely lady with a warm, golden heart. Roger must surely be beaming with happiness & pride.

    From now on, when I’m cynical about love & how it usually turns to indifference, I’m going to remind myself of Roger & Chaz Ebert.

    Thank you so much for posting this.

  5. Toot says:

    That was great. Tilda wasn’t a bad dancer.

  6. Dutch says:

    Hey Kaiser, the Virginia is in Champaign, IL not Chicago. Gotta give us Downstaters our props.

  7. Crumpets and Crotchshots says:

    Lead the way Tilda, lead the way!

  8. Abby says:

    She’s glorious. I love her even more now.

  9. nina says:

    Tilda’s a bad ass bitch. What a lovely gesture for a lovely man.

  10. Keats says:

    I want to marry this headline.

  11. magpie says:

    That made me cry. Tilda is pure joy.

  12. andrea says:

    Every time someone’s posted this, I watch it, I tear up. And then I realized, why am I not dancing along instead? Isn’t that the point? If anyone asks, “Tilda made me do it.”

  13. LondonLou says:

    F***ing Love her. That is all.

  14. RHONYC says:


    my god, she even dances like Bowie in the ‘Let’s Dance’ video! LMAO!!!

    this just made my L-I-F-E!!!

    p.s.- loved Mrs. Ebert’s groovin’ moves too!

    oh, what a pick me up of elation & joy! :-D

  15. Patrice says:

    What a lovely, joyous way to celebrate the life and works of a wonderful man! :D Tilda in particular is always seen as a “serious” artist, so I especially love that she was totally willing to just let loose with Chaz and dance :) Just love it.

  16. Mandy says:

    She is so great! I just watched her in “We Need To Talk About Kevin” the other day and it was incredible.

  17. insomniac says:

    SHE’S 52!? I look older than she does, and she’s got several years on me. My jaw is going to hurt all day from where it just hit the floor.

  18. phlyfiremama says:

    Ok, she persists in being one of my girl crushes~I first saw her in “Burn After Reading”, and loved her~

  19. carol says:

    Tilda is AWESOME! Love that woman!

  20. Shannon Fiedler says:

    The Virginia Theater is in Champaign, IL, not in Chicago. :)

  21. Becky1 says:

    I love this! Thanks for posting(: